From Britain’s smallest city, to Britain’s smallest pub and smallest village green, this is simply a growing list of Britain’s smallest places.
#1 Britain’s Smallest City
More the size of a village rather than a city, St Davids is a small cathedral city situated within the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, so is surrounded by stunning coastal scenery. For many centuries it has been a place of pilgrimage, with St. David, the patron saint of Wales, reputedly born on the cliff top during a fierce storm. A container in the cathedral is said to hold his bones, along with the bones of St Justinian.
St. Davids is a wonderful place to visit with its stunning attractions such as its 12th century Cathedral, the Gothic ruins of the Bishop's Palace, and the city itself with its attractive narrow streets containing cafe's, restaurants, galleries and shops.
#2 Britain’s Smallest Town
Not only does Wales lay claim to the smallest city in Britain, but it also boasts at having Britain’s smallest town, called Llanwrtyd Wells, in Powys, Mid-Wales.
Llanwrtd Wells has a population of just 850, and is home to the “Man versus Horse Marathon” every June, where runners compete against riders over 22 miles. The event was started in 1980 by pub landlord Gordon Green, after he heard one man telling another that over a significant distance across country, man was equal to any horse, so the landlord decided to put it to the test, and the event has held every year since. Read more about it here
Llanwrtyd is about 2 hours car journey south of Britain’s Smallest House, at the opposite end of the Snowdonia National Park, which is home to Snowdon - Wales highest mountain, and the highest point you can go in Wales and England.
Image courtesy of https://llanwrtyd.com
#3 Britain’s Smallest House
The Smallest House in Britain is located in Wales, in the wonderful market town of Conwy, famous for its castle and town walls.
The house is known as Quay House, and it was created in the 16th century and was used up until 1900 when the then tenant Robert Jones, who was a 6’ 3” fishermen, was forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for him to live in, or in fact unfit for any human to live in.
The house is open to the public from spring until autumn, and contains information about the house inside.
Image by Pat Trout - https://www.picturesofengland.com/Wales/Gwynedd/Conwy/pictures/1134855
#4 Britain’s Smallest Pub
The Nutshell is Britain’s Smallest Pub, measuring just 15ft by 7ft. It was opened in 1867 in the town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Visit the pubs own little website to learn more about its history.
#5 Britain’s Smallest Police Station
This structure in London has been called ‘Britain’s Smallest Police Station’ though many dispute it is actually a station at all, and more of an observation box, as it is not accessible to the public. However, it does apparently have room for two prisoners and had a direct line back to Scotland Yard should backup be needed by the officer manning the ‘station’. Apparently too, the light on top of the station would begin flashing as soon as the phone was picked up inside, in order to alert nearby officers. Today, it is no longer a station/police observation box, but a bit of a storeroom for the local council workers. The 'station' is situated in Trafalgar Square, London.
#6 Britains Smallest Village Green
I've only found one claiment for this, and that is the village of Petteridge, in Kent, near Matfield (Matfield itself boasts the largest village green in Kent). I found the info on the Instagram page of the village pub 'The Hopbine' (which looks wonderful by the way) where someone had posted a picture of the village green saying that it was "the smallest in the UK! FACT!" so I guess it must be true :)If anyone knows any different, please let me know.
#7 Britain’s Smallest Cathedral
Cathedral of The Isles (pictured), on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, is the smallest Cathedral in the British Isles. Built in 1851, this small cathedral can hold less than 100 worshippers. However, if you are looking for the smallest cathedral in Great Britain, that title is claimed by St Asaph Cathedral in St Asaph, Denbighshire, in Wales, which has a history dating back 1,400 years.
#8 Britain’s Smallest Church
St Trillo's Chapel, Rhos-on-Sea, in Wales, is believed to be the smallest church in Britain, with enough room for seating just six people.
It is named after St Trillo, a 6th century saint who built the original structure here. Inside the chapel is a well in front of the altar, containing spring water, which would have provided St Trillo with his drinking water and was probably why he built it on this spot.